Should You Consider a Second Vasectomy Reversal Attempt?

A vasectomy is designed to permanently result in male infertility, but sometimes, men change their minds about starting or expanding their families. Unfortunately, it is quite possible for a vasectomy reversal to fail, especially if it is performed by a surgeon who does not specialize in this particular branch of medicine. It may still be feasible to have a child despite this first failed reversal attempt. Consider talking to a specialist in vasectomy reversals to find out if a “re-do” could help you.

How long has it been since the first reversal?

The sooner you have a vasectomy reversal after the vasectomy, the greater the likelihood is of a successful pregnancy. However, there is actually a waiting period after having a first vasectomy reversal before you might try a second. This is because it can take a while for your sperm to once again be present in your semen. Your doctor may test your semen for sperm about six to eight weeks after the surgery, but it can sometimes take a year or longer for sperm to be present.

Have you been tested for other infertility issues?

If you haven’t been able to conceive a child after a first vasectomy reversal, talk to your doctor about medical tests to check for other causes of infertility. Your problem may be caused by the shape of your sperm, for example, rather than their absence in your semen.

Could female infertility be a factor?

It’s also advisable to ask your female partner to get tested for infertility, if she hasn’t already done so. Female infertility is about as common as male infertility and both partners must be able to conceive a child.

At the Center for Vasectomy Reversal, Dr. Joshua Green has extensive experience working with patients who have already had one failed vasectomy reversal attempt. Schedule a consult with Dr. Green in Sarasota or via a long-distance method to determine if a “re-do” attempt might be appropriate for you. You can reach us at (941) 961-4581 or feel free to browse our website for more information about male infertility procedures.

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